Minnesota hopes a trip to Kansas City can help them get back on the winning track. The Twins may get back Joe Mauer to the lineup as a DH as the team wants to see him hitting without the burden of having to catch as well. They’ll face Kyle Davies who has been pretty poor this season. He’s 8-11 with a 5.05 ERA in 30 starts. The righty is 3-6 with a 4.65 ERA at home this season. He has also lost two straight starts after alling to the Tigers and Indians. Davies has faced the Twins once this season and he have up five runs and eight hits in 6.7 innings of work. Joe Mauer (10-24), Jason Kubel (9-20), Jim Thome (4-12), and Danny Valencia (1-3) all have good numbers against the Royals starter. The Twins are 40-38 on the road this season, but 46-23 against the rest of the A.L. Central. Minnesota is 5-1 this season in Kansas City and 12-3 against the Royals overall. The Royals bullpen is 10-12 with a 4.40 ERA and 11 blown saves at home.
Kevin Slowey is pitching real well right now for the Twins. He’s 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA in his last three starts after giving up just six runs and 18 hits over their last 15.7 innings pitched. Slowey is 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA in three starts against the Royals this season. Billy Butler (2-16), Alex Gordon (2-11), Mitch Maier (1-7), Wilson Betemit (1-4), and Gregor Blanco (1-4) have struggled against the Twins starter. Kansas City is 27-42 against the A.L. Central and 34-40 at home. The Twins bullpen has an ERA below 3.30 on the road. We’ll recommend a play on the Twins tonight since they’ve owned the Royals this season. Get more MLB baseball picks from Steve at Touthouse.com